I read a review on the Cranium Hullabaloo game on dooyoo a good few months before Christmas but from reading the review I knew it would be something that my son would love. Even better was that the reviewer had said that the game was being sold in Smyths stores for just a fiver! What a bargain! My friend and I had travelled over to a Smyths store and so I knew that I would have to look for this game and luckily I did find it and snapped it up straight away.
The game comes in a cardboard box which is predominantly yellow and purple. On the front of the box it shows laughing children playing the game and it all looks quite fun. I have to say the box is pretty flimsy and already is showing signs of damage despite my son only having it since Christmas which is a shame.
The box describes the Hullabaloo game as "the game of tunes, twists and topsy-turvy fun" and so my son was keen to have a go of the game on Boxing Day! On opening the box you will find sixteen play pads which are basically just thin material small mats which will either be red, blue, yellow, green or purple. All the play pads also have a picture of something on so it may be food, an animal or perhaps a musical instrument. They are also different shapes. There is also a sturdy plastic circular machine which is the main part of the game. This machine, once loaded with three AA batteries, will tell the children what to do during the game.
To begin the game you need to put all of the play mats on the floor and spread them out so that there is a reasonable amount of space between them. I find that this game is best played in our kitchen/dining room as there is more room there than in the small front room. Once all of the mats are spread out on the floor the game machine can be switched on and the red button will be pressed. A little tune will play and then an American voice will come on and tell you to start off by getting onto a purple cranium pad. It will then proceed to tell you to stomp to a red, hop to a green, move over to a blue, spin to a triangle, sit down on a square and such like and then it will tell you to freeze and ask if anyone is touching a certain space. If they are they will be told they are a winner and to do a funky dance or take a bow or something.
My son enjoys the energy of this game and will be red in the face after playing for a good while! I am sometimes all hot and bothered too after playing with him as some of the things you have to do can be quite energetic! What is great about this game is that you can play it with just one person, although you can play with up to six people. Sometimes whilst I am busy with things my son can go and play this game on his own for a while and he just loves coming to show me his funky winners dance!
The game suggests that the age guidelines for this game are age 4+ but I have played this game with my son and my friends little girl when I was looking after her one day and she is only just three and she had fun and enjoyed the basic principle of the game too and so I think you could certainly play this with younger children too.
Another great thing about this game is that it is helping your child recognise colour, shapes and objects as well as encouraging creativity in movement and playing together or alone so it really is a great activity to do. I know that my son can set up this game on his own and I also know that I could leave him and a friend to play this game for a while and that they would have fun whilst also being independent. My son is happy to play this game for a good twenty minutes or so on his own and so it is a nice little game which is encouraging my son to move about whilst also having fun.
A handy feature is that the game machine will stop every few games and ask do you wish to continue and if you do wish to carry on you can hit the red button and play again for another few games but if you do not wish to carry on playing it will simply switch off.
There are a few negatives with this game for me and they are simply that the American voice can drive me a bit mental! It is very over the top and cheesy and as an adult I find it somewhat annoying...my son doesn't seem to mind it at all though. The other negative I find personally is that some of the things the game tells you to do can be impossible! You may need to have a knee on one thing and an elbow on another but again my son just seems to find this funny watching me try and get myself into all kinds of crazy positions!
Despite the couple of slightly negative points for me I am more than happy with this purchase for my son. At just five pounds it has been a brilliant buy that encourages my son to be active, have fun and also be both independent but at other times social with his peers. I can see this game being played with so much more over the year or so and I would say many children around the 3-7 mark will love this game!
Thank you for reading my review!
As we are moving house very shortly (my excuse for not being around on Ciao & Dooyoo as much recently), we've been uncovering many items we forgot we even owned! When sorting through all of our games, we came across ones that we'd totally forgotten about. Hullabaloo wasn't one of them; we could never forget this crazy game, but it was one that hadn't been played with for a number of months.
~*Why We Have It*~
My youngest sister is eight years old, and we have had this game for quite a few years now. My mum was, and still is, always on the lookout for fun, entertaining games. Consequently,. we have possibly the widest variety of children's games ever in our home, but Hullabaloo stands out to me.
~*So, What's In The Box?*~
In the box there are the small, thin plastic mats in a variety of colours, shapes and with a number of different pictures on them. There is also the round plastic Hullabaloo console, which is essential for the game. There is a sheet of rules, but the game catches on pretty quickly and is pretty self-explanatory, so I wouldn't say you really needed them.
~*Playing The Game*~
Any number of children can play the game, the ideal amount all depends on how much space you have, really. The great thing is, if you had a young child you could still join in with them, just the two of you, and still have a fun time. Just lay the sixteen coloured mats around the room, spread out and mixed around evenly, and then switch on the console. You can adjust audio levels, but it doesn't go too loud so the children will have to be fairly quiet so as to hear the voice. If not, you'll have to listen to what the console says and then shout it out so all the players can hear.
To start the game, the cheerful, clear male voice will tell the children to "Get on one of the purple Cranium mats to start". There are four of the purple mats, all with a Cranium character on (Cranium has many family games and all include the Cranium characters - Creative Cat, Word Worm, Star Performer and Data Head.) The mats are very small so if you have more than four children playing they will have to stand around the mats, rather than on them. Then, the console will instruct the children to walk, run, crawl, skip, gallop etc, to another mat with, for example, an item of food, or a circle shaped mat.
The beauty of this game is that the instructions are very simple, and as the console says everything for you, you don't have to really explain anything. It also encourages the children to be active and energetic. Every so often, the console will say something like 'Try this crazy Hullabaloo move' and the children will stop and dance for a couple of seconds to a funny sound effect. All throughout the game, cheerful music will play and fun sound effects are often heard. This creates a lively, happy atmosphere for the children.
The game length varies, but lasts around ten minutes, and to signify the end of the game the voice will shout 'Freeze! Stay on that pad!' and then the children stand still on the pad they last visited, and the console will ask, 'Is anyone on the...(for example) spaghetti? If you are, you're the winner!' Then the winner is often instructed to either 'take a bow', 'do a funky dance', 'jump' or something to do with a monkey dance, I think, I can't quite remember the last one. Some catchy music plays whilst the winner celebrates. The nice thing is when the winner dances or whatever, all the other children can join in happily, regardless of whether they won or not. This avoids tears and tantrums and is a very light hearted game that young children never seem to tire of.
~*When Would We Play It?*~
I think this is a great game to play when kids have their friends over, or have a party. I would say this game is for children around six years of age, as any younger may fall over or get a bit knocked about. But, as long as there's an adult there I don't really see what harm it could really do. And, my sister is eight years old and loves it just as much as she did two years ago. When we have family get together's it is often a game that we get out, and all the older kids and adults join in for fun, laughter and just a bit of general silliness!
It is a great way of turning kids restlessness into something fun and constructive, and I would recommend it to all families, so long as you have a large enough space to play in. A normal-sized living room would be enough space, in my opinion, but the bigger the better!
I have had a great deal of fun playing this game, and I know many adults still enjoy playing. I don't suppose the game is very educational, as it is more about having fun and being active and energetic, but that doesn't stop it from being a very fun game!
~*Price & Availability*~
Cranium games are stocked in most toy stores. Amazon is always a great place to look for games, and it is available on there, too, for around £15.00 new. However, when googling Hullabaloo to try find out where sold it, I discovered that Smyths Toys are selling it for an absolute bargain price of £5.00! I would snap it up quickly, as this is one of the best children's games I have ever come across and is one that no child should miss out on.
~*All in All...*~
An absolutely fantastic game, I really recommend it. It is worth it's price, and the only thing you have to avoid doing is losing the plastic mats! Ooh, and another thing, you need batteries for the audio console (3 AA batteries). It is basically a new, improved, and more safe and fun version of the classic game, Twister. What are you waiting for? Your kids will love it!
Cranium is a lovely game which is similar to Balderdash in many ways but is more of a game for the hands and minds. So as you progress around the board you have little challenges for making plasticine models, draw shapes etc. That is the classic Cranium and this is Cranium for the younger generation without the plasticine but with plenty of fun and frolics to keep yout energetic 6 year olds entertained.
Cranium Hullabaloo and is that the most appropriate name ever for a game? The game leads to a lot of noise, a lot of shouting and a lot of excitement and occassionally a few tears but you know children!!
Hullaballoo is a classic party game for children, the game comes with a plastic container which takes three batteries and a set of colourful pads of differing colours and different activities.
The start of the game.
Place the plastic controller in the centre of the room and place the coloured squares around the room with one colour in each corner of the room. Then turn on the machine and let the madness descend, basically the controller plays music at a relatively slow pace at first and instructs your child in what to do, when they land on a coloured square they have to do the activity on that square. These area all fun, take a lot of exercise and lots of noise and have the tendency to tire the child out without them noticing. The music per rounds speeds up but the instructions from the machine are always clear and each game last about 10 minutes until the machine cries freeze and the child on the winning square is announced.
There are rules and guides but as with most games involving children these rules last about 5 minutes before being binned and they start making up their own rules. The only one that is ever agreed is the end winning square and who is the winner, the winner then gets to do a dance, jump up and down or whatever the instructions say, with that the game takes a pause then instructs everyone to find a square and begins again.
As with all the best games, the possibilities are endless so the children are told to get to the next square, crawling backwards is my favourite becuase it always leads to collisions. The children I've seen playing the game love it and if you can play it in a big room then the mayhem is something to see but as a game for children to laugh, love and stimulate them then this is the best there is.
This is the perfect game for children and for adults when their loved ones want an early night after running around all day.
I was bought this game at Christmas and it's a great little game and is different every time you play it. If you want to purchase it then I'd say you can pick it up for around £13 in some places. The game seems to be primarily aimed at kids but is real fun for adults as well when playing it.
You get a console as part of the game and it's bright in it's colours and quite bulky and sturdy. It takes 3 AA batteries and this is where the action in game generates from. Once you turn this on you are welcomed to the game. This device will give you actions as the game progresses a bit like the game simple simon used to be.
In addition to this game you are given 16 mats with different colours on which a small child can stand on and put both feet on. There are mats, squares, circles and triangles. Each of these has a picture on them and are red/blue, yellow or green.
The general idea of this game is spread the mats over the floor so you will need a bit of space as you do with Twister for example. Next you need to turn on the console and follow the commands you are given in turn. So, for example, just like in Twister you may be asked to move to a triangle or put your elbow on a square. It can get quite tough as you go along.
In many ways it's like Twister with the added bonus that you can all play and don't have to have one person spinning a wheel. It's great fun for all as well and seems educational for kids as they can listen and learn and recognise certain shapes and colours. In addition it's also better than sitting in front of a video game. Plus, as the commands are all random you won't get bored as each game is going to be different with actions meaning you do different things each time.
I bought this game for my 4 year old daughter for Christmas. What a great buy. It is great for all ages. The game consists of a set of different colour pads which you place in a random manner on the floor a little distance apart. Each pad has a picture on and is a certain shape (square, circle, triangle) except for the purple ones which are the pads you start off on. There is then an electronic box which you turn on to start the game. Everyone starts on a purple pad and then you just follow the verbal instructions from the game. Examples are: Spin over to a Triangle, crawl to an animal, tiptoe to a yellow pad etc. There are also times where it asks you to do more than one thing at once, a bit like twister, e.g. Put your knee on a blue pad and touch your nose to a musical instrument. There are no penalties if you cannot do any of the moves. After a while they will say "Freeze" and say "If your standing on the Piano, your the winner, winner do a Funky Dance". Then the whole process is repeated a few more times. You can turn the game off at any time by pressing the button on the electronic box. This game keeps my little girl happy playing for ages, and it is one game I am happy to play along with too :)
When looking out for a present from "Santa" that my children could enjoy together, I remember a few Christmas's previously, that entailed plenty of alcohol (of course!) and a newish game that my (at the time) two eldest nieces absolutely loved.....sold!
The game I will now review is - "Hullabaloo from Cranium".
Within the box you will receive a main unit, this what gives the instructions for play and 16 Cranium play pads.
The main unit is a solid looking and feeling plastic unit, flat on the base with non-slip pads to stop it from sliding about on the floor when in use, and 16 different coloured and shaped non-slip pads, all of which hold different pictures.
To start you have to put batteries into the main unit, this is a relatively simple procedure with the base cover being held on by a small cross headed screw, so you will need a slightly smaller cross head screwdriver, I have had to buy a set especially for the kids toys!
The unit takes 3 x AA batteries, and even with constant use (my kids love this game!), the batteries have lasted quite well so far, though there is an automatic switch off programme within the unit, this activates after three games and if the child wants to continue playing after this time they have to press the red button or else it will switch off!
To switch the unit off/on there is a small rubber button on the base that is slightly concaved into he unit, the ideal size for a child to fit the tip of their finger in, not to great for an adult sized finger!
The good point of this is it won't accidentally get switched on when not in use or rammed into the toy box, like the rest of my kids toys!
When the button is pressed the unit kicks into life giving the initial instructions for set up, though it would be easier to read the instructions within the box for the set up details, as the unit only gives you a few seconds for set up before starting the first game.
To set up the game you must ensure you are in a reasonable sized room, this gives the child not only stops the children payers from falling over each other, but to also perform the tasks the unit asks of them.
There are 16 thick non-slip pads, that luckily, no matter how much they are screwed up or rolled up for storage, will always lie flat against the floor and seem to be pretty indestructible, certainly being tear proof though they may eventually wear through with use as they are stood on as part of the game.
To start you have to lay the pads out across the floor, with the four purple pads that come I the pack, going into the four corners, and the rest of the pads laid out with spaces between, but making sure they are really well jumbled up, the purple pads are the only ones that don't contain pictures of objects but little characters -word worm, data head, star performer and creative cat.
The child has to pick a corner pad and this their starting place for the game to begin.
Once the unit is switched on the music starts to show the beginning of a game, the instructional part of the game is spoken clearly and slowly, but the music in the background slows down considerably to give the child a chance to hear and understand the instructions, though as the game progresses the music speeds up to show the child to move a bit quicker, this obviously causes great excitement and the children start to run about and become very competitive.....very funny to watch!
The instructions are different for every game, and according to the instructions there are thousands of different combinations of pay, meaning that when the instructions are finally repeated the children will have forgotten that game anyway!
The only game that I could really compare this to is Twister, as the game revolves around getting to a specific colour or shaped pad, with there being restriction on how many people can stand on one pad at a time, but the method of getting to said pad is very different, some of the methods are walking, running, crawling, jumping, bouncing, dancing, etc.
Then there are different instructions for when they get to the pads too, stand on the pad, tounch the pad with your toes, touch the pad with your elbow, these are fun enough instructions when playing on their own, but when there a few children their, the laughter rises throughout the whole house!
Each game lasts for a few minutes, just long enough before a child could potentially lose interest, though my kids tend to fall out over a game before getting bored with it!
The aim of the game is to be standing on the winning pad at the end. After following the instructions....properly and not making it up as you go along like my son seems to do, the unit will have a choice of three pictures on the last stated colours/shaped pads, the unit then says which picture the winning pad holds, usually with a noise related indicator, popping for popcorn or if an instrument the nose it makes.
The winner then gets instructed to do a certain dance, either a monkey dance or a strutting dance, then a new game begins.
This is fabulous game! The game encourages coordination, reading skills, colour and shape recognition and the fact that something that only contains AA batteries can actually get my children to follow instructions without arguing back and without to much attitude is always going to get my vote!
Also the fact that the children have no clue that they are having what can only be deemed as "non-digital brain training!" through play and enjoy it as much as they do, can only be a good thing.
The game is suitable from 4 years old onwards, with there being no real maximum number of players, but for a comfortable game around 6 payers would be ideal, though the kids found it hilarious falling over each other or racing for a particular pad!
Pricewise these are available from www.amazon.co.uk for the sum of £18.99plus P&P, though "Santa" got this particular one in the reduced bin on-line at www.studio24.co.uk for £5.00....he must feel like he had a real bargain!
For more information on this and the plethora of other creative and learning games available visit - www.cranium.com
Thanks for reading x
Cranium Hullabaloo is THE first game that comes out when my kids have friends over. It is always a big hit and they have loads of fun playing with this game. This is a game for up to 6 players, supposedly from the age of 4 but I reckon a younger child can play.
The object of the game is easy, there are six purple pads which have names on such as Star performer Word Worm or data head etc. These are the starter points. The 16 mats also include play mats which are different colours (red/blue/green and yellow) and all have a picture on them, some are animals, some are musical instruments and some are food. They are also different shapes - triangles, squares and circles. These are quite small but big enough for young feet to stand on. All the mats are spread out over the floor and the console that comes with the game is placed in the middle. The console is colourful and robust as are the mats, which are made of a tough material. It requires three AA batteries not included There is a huge button on top which a player presses to start. A little bit of music and then it tells you to move to a blue mat or spin to a square or bounce to a food etc, then it will say something like but your hand on the nearest circle or hop to a yellow mat. After a few instructions it will shout 'freeze' which informs you that the game has ended and will announce if you are the one standing on, for example, the drum or spagetti or tiger then you are the WINNER! All kids look down to what they are standing on the winning child jumps up in glee. They are then told to do something silly like 'do the funky monkey dance' 'do a victory jump' or 'take a bow'
Although the entertaining factor is absolutely fab this game sort of hides the fact they are actually learning as well. It teaches colour, shapes, listening, taking instructions, coordination as well as groups such as what is a food, instrument, animal. With some of the instructions it becomes a bit like twister when they are asked to touch your nose on a triangle and put your knee on a blue pad but this is all part of the fun. As with some games my children play where they argue over who has won, this is one game they never argue over as it is so fast paced and they win equal amounts. When one game ends and they have had their moment of glory it rushes into the next game, hence no time to gloat or sulk!
Having had this game a few years now and with the box being in absolute tatters from overuse I can honestly say this is a game well worth buying for any child. All of our young visitors play the game with glee, even at times requesting it. My daughter is now 8 and still loves this game, I have even noticed my 15 year old having a sneaky go!! It is energetic and gets the kids up away from the consoles and burning off some of that energy. We even play it out in the garden in the summer months. In fact we have even taken it with us on a caravan holiday.
Highly recommended :o)
Here I am reviewing another of my daughters Christmas presents. This was a surprise to her - it wasn't on her list and as far as I am aware she had never heard of it! So why did I buy it? well the main reason was that it looked fun and it was cheap! It was £9.99 in TK Maxx and I had previously seen it on sale for £19.99 so I thought it was a good price. I have since seen it on sale for £5.99 since though at Smyths toys online.
So what is it? Mainly aimed at kids, its a real fun game and I imagine would be popular with a group - would be good at a kids party! Of course mums and dads can play too and we have! Basically you get a 'console' - its chunky and brightly coloured. It takes 3 AA batteries and is where the action comes from! You turn it on and it welcomes you to hullaballoo. It talks to you and gives you actions as well as playing funky music! All actions are random so no two games are the same.
In addition to the console, you get 16 coloured mats - they are quite small but a small child can stand on them no problem and fit both feet on! There are cranium mats, squares, circles and triangles. They all have a picture on and are all red/blue/yellow or green. They have pictures on too - either food, animal or a musical instrument.
So what do you actually do? Spread your mats out over the floor - clear some room as its most fun if you have a large space. Turn on your console and follow the commands - It tells you to move to a triangle for example, spin to a shape with food on, put your elbow on a square - that kind of thing! After 3 or 4 commands it will announce eg if you are standing on the trumpet you are a winner!! Winner do a funky dance! At which point my daughter acts like a kid posessed and does some random jumping around mad dance thing!
It is a really fun game but also one which encourages your childs listening skills, shape and colour recognition, different ways or moving and a bit of excercise.
It is recommended for age 4 + - my daughter is 3 and has not problem with playing it - its really easy and would be enjoyed by all ages. The supplied instruction sheet is easy to follow, large print and only 2 pages although you really don't need it as it''s so simple and easy to play. Games only last about 3 or 4 minutes each so perfect for little ones without a long attention span although you can of course play as many in a row as you like as the console plays 3 and then asks you if you want to play again - if you do simply push the button and away you go! I imagine this would also be fun after a beery night out when you hear some of the things it gets you to do!!